Current Research Projects
Here you will find an overview of our current research projects, grouped by Smart Services according to the data information value chain, which you will find in the overview of our main research areas.
The objective of the NEXGEN SIMS (Next Generation Carbon Neutral Pilots For Smart Intelligent Mining Systems) project is the further development and advanced demonstration of technologies for future-oriented sustainable mining in Europe. The consortium, which is funded by the EU within the framework of Horizon 2020, involves well-known partners from research and industry from all over Europe. The project is the successor of the EU-funded project SIMS (Sustainable Intelligent Mining Systems), in which the AMT was also involved.
In PAM4.0, "The intelligent deslagging machine for hot operating conditions", the AMT, together with TML Technik GmbH, is developing the sensor and actuator systems for the first automated, newly designed and optimized deslagging machine on the market.
On the one hand, this machine will be equipped with a sensor system suitable for the steel mill environment, which detects the floating slag on the surface of the molten steel, which is up to 1500°C hot, and automatically carries out the deslagging movement.
On the other hand, a teleremote stand is being built from which the deslagging movements can be monitored and, if necessary, supplemented by human intervention so that the control stand in the immediate vicinity of the dangerously hot melting ladle is no longer required. The aim of the project is to increase occupational safety and comfort and, at the same time, to produce more resource-efficient steel by increasing the efficiency of the deslagging process. In this way, a step towards the automation and digitalization of dangerous and difficult work processes is to be realized towards a safe, efficient and responsible supply of raw materials.
POSITIONING & NAVIGATION
The aim of the ARTUS project (Autonomous robust transport system for hybrid, environmentally friendly raw material extraction based on articulated special vehicles) is to develop a system for operating a fleet of autonomously operating special vehicles for hybrid, i.e. surface and underground mining environments. This will enable a more environmentally friendly and sustainable extraction of mineral raw materials, as the utilization of the individual machines will be improved, consumption and wear reduced and the productivity of the entire system optimized.
AMT's goal is to implement an open, manufacturer- and interface-neutral communication system for a comprehensive machine-to-machine communication as part of the ARTUS project.
The HEET II project aims to develop the innovative high efficiency power system for machines and devices, increasing the level of work safety in underground mining, in potentially explosive conditions such as coal mines. The system will consist of four critical subsystems:
- transmission of electricity with single-wire technology,
- transmission of electricity with wireless technology,
- integration of the rail of the suspension monorail and
- monitoring and control system of the power supply network.
The AMT will implement a platform to monitor the parameters of the system and the environment and send them to the surface of the mine. These subsystems will be developed and implemented by a collaboration with an interdisciplinary consortium from Germany, Poland and Romania.
The ScaleSense project aims to develop a sensor-based system for the detection of loose rock within the scaling process and to integrate the system into a scaler. This innovative system will be used in underground mines within the scaling process. It is intended to meet the increasing demands on the raw materials industry. This will assist the operator in identifying loose rock and making the scaling process safer and more efficient.
DEEP SEA MINING
The aim of the Blue Harvesting project is to develop a hydraulic collector for manganese nodules from the deep sea. The collector is one of the core components for the industrial mining of manganese nodules, the use of which can contribute to securing the long-term supply of raw materials. In the Blue Harvesting project, a special focus is placed on the development of a collector with the lowest possible impact on the deep-sea environment.
As a response to the COVID pandemic, universities around the world have rapidly adopted online and blended models of teaching and learning within STEM. This has seen considerable investment in supporting systems but has highlighted a lack of an accessible evidence base to inform educators' decisions within these systems. Currently, educators practicing within digital STEM environments face an unreasonably high barrier of entry to the evidence base as it is fragmented across dozens of potentially relevant sources containing 100,000+ potentially relevant papers.
This project will create a Digital Short Course that will develop participants’ ability to identify, implement and evaluate evidence-based practice within digital STEM environments.